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Ananta Charan Sukla
Born (1942-11-06)6 November 1942
Garadpur, Bhadrak, Odisha, India
Died 30 September 2020(2020-09-30) (aged 77)
Education Bhadrak College, Jadavpur University, Utkal University
Occupation Comparative philosopher of art and literature, Aesthetician, religious studies
Known for Comparative literature, aesthetics, literary criticism, philosophy, Sanskrit studies
Spouse(s) Indulata Sukla, Former Professor of Mathematics, Sambalpur University, Sambalpur

Ananta Charan Sukla (also Ananta Ch. Sukla or A. C. Sukla; 6 November 1942 – 30 September 2020) was an Indian scholar of comparative literature, literary criticism, aesthetics, philosophy, and art history. He was the Founding Editor of Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics and edited and published the journal for over 40 years. He specialized in comparative aesthetics (Sanskrit and Western), literary theory, philosophy of art, philosophy of literature, religion, mythology, and cultural studies. He was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Sambalpur University, Sambalpur, Odisha.


Sukla was born on 6 November 1942. He came from a remote village Garadpur, to the town of Bhadrak, where he attended Bhadrak College.

He then attended Jadavpur University, Calcutta, where he completed masters degrees in English, philosophy and Sanskrit, and then a PhD in comparative literature under professors Subodh Chandra Sengupta, Jagannath Chakravorty, and Sisir Kumar Chatterjee. He also attended Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. His doctoral thesis, The Concept of Imitation in Greek and Indian Aesthetics was submitted to Jadavpur University and was published by Rupa & Co., Calcutta in 1977.

Sukla died on 30 September 2020 at his residence in Cuttack, aged 78, following prolonged illness and multiple organ complications. He died of cardiac arrest and respiratory failure.

Academic work

Sukla was the founding editor of Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, published since 1978. He collaborated with renowned international scholars of the time like Rene Wellek, Mircea Eliade, M.H. Abrams, Harold Osborne, John Fisher, M.C. Beardsley, John Hospers, and many noted Indian scholars to launch the journal in 1977. He was also the founder of the Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics which publishes the journal and original research works.

Sukla was a visiting professor to the Universities of Liverpool, Cambridge, Cardiff, Lampeter, Uppsala, Siena, Helsinki and several Indian universities.

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